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Meier House Virtual Tour & Book Talk

Meier House, Monona, Iowa (virtually via Zoom)

July 29, 2021 6:00–7:30pm CDT

In 2013, Chicagoans Michael Schreiber and Jason Loper went in search of a quaint little country house for weekend getaways. What they bought instead was a piece of architectural history some five hours outside of Chicago. In their eight years as stewards of the Delbert and Grace Meier House (designed 1915), an American System-Built Home in Monona, Iowa, Schreiber and Loper have documented the history of the home and its place in Wright’s canon of work. Join us for a talk that will include a preview of their forthcoming book, This American House: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Meier House and the American System-Built Homes.

Pre-order your copy of Schreiber and Loper’s book – scheduled for release on July 15, 2021 – at your favorite local bookstore or on Amazon.

How to register: This free event is exclusively for current members of the Conservancy. If you are a member, click here to register online. If you are not a member, you can join today and then register. If you are not certain of your membership status, please contact us at preservation@savewright.org.

How this event works: Registration will close two hours before the start of the event, shortly after which all registrants will receive an email with the Zoom access link. Please install and test Zoom in advance on the device on which you intend to view the event. This event will be recorded, and a link to view it (for up to one month) will be emailed to all registrants after the event. If you have any questions or require assistance registering, please email preservation@savewright.org.

Michael Schreiber and Jason Loper at the Meier House

This American House: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Meier House and the American System-Built Homes

Book Talk with Stuart Cohen on “Frank L. Wright and the Architects of Steinway Hall”

Via Zoom

August 16, 2021 6:00–7:30pm CDT

In 1897, Frank Lloyd Wright, Robert Spencer, Dwight Perkins and Myron Hunt shared a loft office in Chicago’s Steinway Hall. Architect Stuart Cohen’s new book identifies overlapping ideas and similarities in projects they each designed while working there, and in their subsequent work. Cohen will present an illustrated lecture based on his book and, in conversation with Conservancy board member Janet Parks, will discuss his research for the book and his conclusion that these men formed a “creative collaborative circle” of friends who jointly developed ideas later attributed to Frank Lloyd Wright.

About the Speaker:
Stuart Cohen is a practicing architect and a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. He is professor of architecture emeritus at the University of Illinois Chicago and has been a visiting professor at universities through out the country. He has an award winning residential architectural practice which is the subject of a book, Transforming the Traditional: The Work of Cohen & Hacker Architects. He is the author of numerous articles and three books on Chicago’s historic residential architecture. His writing, scholarship, and contributions to architectural theory have been recognized by an Arthur Ross Award from the Institute for Classical Architecture and Art (2018) and by the Society of Architectural Historians’ award for Excellence in Design, Academics, and Scholarship (2019).

Tickets and registration:
Advance registration is required. Admission is $10 for the general public; $5 for Friend-level members of the Conservancy; and free for Associate-level members and above. If you are not a Conservancy member, click here to learn more about member benefits.

Registrants will receive a discount code to purchase the book from ORO Editions.

How this event works:
Registration will close two hours before the start of the talk, shortly after which all registrants will receive an email with a Zoom link to access the event. Please install and test Zoom in advance on the device on which you intend to view the event. A recording will be made available to registrants to view for one month after the event.

If you have questions or require registration assistance, please email preservation@savewright.org.

Sponsored by Rotary Historic Preservation Fellowship.

Stuart Cohen

Frank L. Wright and the Architects of Steinway Hall